Jalen McDaniels

Page updated as of 4/12/2020, scouting report written by Alan Lu.
2019 rankings were finalized on 6/19/2019.

Height: 6-10
Weight: 195
College: San Diego State
Classification: Sophomore
Birthdate: 1/31/1998

2019 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 46
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round
​2019 NBA Draft: Round 2, Pick 52 by the Charlotte Hornets


Strong finisher around the basket
Adequate scorer off the dribble
Excels at scoring on the move
Decent playmaker
Good rebounder
Adequate defensive player
Gifted athlete
Good motor


Needs to improve his outside shot
Can be too passive on offense
Can be careless on offense
Undisciplined defensively, also can be foul prone
May not collect enough steals or blocks
Needs to add strength
May be a tweener
Potential character risk, possible involvement in a major off-court incident


Jalen McDaniels is an athletic, combo forward that has recently decided to enter the 2018 NBA Draft.  He is a very good finisher around the basket, he rebounds the ball well, and he will make high motor plays on both ends of the floor.  However, he will need to expand his skill set offensively.​

In terms of his impact on the basketball court currently, McDaniels has been having a good sophomore season.  On the downside, he is embroiled in a lawsuit that alleges his possible involvement in a serious off-court incident.  Right now, he looks to be a second round prospect for the 2019 draft.


DraftExpress Profile

RealGM Profile

NBADraft.Net Profile

NBC Sports’ Article on McDaniels Testing the Waters

The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Article on McDaniels Returning

ESPN’s Article about McDaniels Facing Two Lawsuits

Games Scouted:

1/13/18 San Diego State vs. Boise State

11/19/18 San Diego State vs. Duke

5/17/19 NBA Draft Combine Scrimmage Game

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